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DCC SerCom: Suck on that, distie rivals - our sales went UP 20%

DCC SerCom - parent of UK disties MicroP and Gem - cocked a snook to the economic turmoil engulfing many competitors by reporting a healthy set of financials for the first six months of ended September. Turnover was up by a little more than a fifth to €922.2m (£738.91m) compared to €766.9m in the same period a year earlier, as …
Paul Kunert, 06 Nov 2012
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IT products give energy giant DCC relief from icy hot patch

DCC gained some cheer from its IT distribution business over the last year, after an unusually mild winter put a chill on its energy distribution business. Overall revenues at the Irish conglomerate came in at €10.7bn for the year ending 31 March, up 23.2 per cent. Pre-tax income was €155.8m, compared to €203.8m in the previous …
Joe Fay, 15 May 2012
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Weaker sterling knocks back DCC

DCC, the Irish conglomerate, today said its IT distribution arm, DCC Sercom, achieved underlying double digit operating profit growth. But it warns that weaker sterling could feed through to worse group profits in the second half of the year - the company reports in euros. DCC Sercom either traded ahead of or in line with …
Team Register, 18 Jul 2008
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Micro P parent does it AGAIN, kicks recession in nackers

DCC Sercom, parent of Brit IT distie Micro P and games console wholesaler Gem, has again laughed in the face of a flatlining local economy. Turnover in the tech division of Irish conglomerate DCC grew 17.9 per cent to €2.27bn (£1.92bn) for the year ended 31 March 2013, and a whopping 16.8 per cent of this was organic. The group …
Paul Kunert, 14 May 2013

Micro P consumes security minnow Cohort Technology

Micro P has hoovered up fellow Basingstoke-based virtualisation, security and comms distie Cohort Technology for an undisclosed fee. This adds some 14 new vendors to Micro P, itself owned by Irish conglomerate DCC, with the most notable names including ShoreTel, Citrix and Stonesoft. In addition to product distribution, Cohort …
Paul Kunert, 04 Oct 2013
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DCC expects healthy return

Ireland-based DCC has revised its full-year financial expectations after strong interim results for the six months to the end of September. The group, which specialises in marketing and business support for a diverse range of interests including IT, healthcare, and energy, saw group revenue for the period up by 18.1 per cent at …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Nov 2006
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DCC Sercom trading picks up

DCC, the Irish distie conglomerate, had its AGM yesterday. It says it's too soon since the last announcement in May to add much to market guidance, but it is "pleased with trading results in the first quarter and in particular the continuing pick up in the results of DCC SerCom", its IT wholesaling arm. DCC is a big player in …
Team Register, 11 Jul 2006
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Irish distie DCC trims profit forecast

DCC Plc today scaled back its operating profit growth expectations for the year ended 31 March 2008, saying it had been hampered by weaker sterling. The Irish business services group said in an interim trading statement that its sterling profits had suffered against the euro towards the end of the third quarter. It added that …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Feb 2008
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Distie giant Arrow acquires Ireland's Altimate for €48.1m

American distie Arrow Electronics has scooped up smaller Irish-owned rival Altimate Group for €48.1m. Channel-bestriding behemoth Arrow bought the distributor off Irish financial holding company DCC. Altimate is DCC's Enterprise distribution business and in 2011 reported a yearly operating profit of €3.7m on €257m of global …
Anna Leach, 03 Apr 2012
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DCC sees PC market deflation

DCC Plc today reported interim figures that showed its IT distribution businesses being hit by deflation. Total revenue at Ireland-based DCC was up by a quarter to nearly €2.3bn year on year. Operating profit, excluding exceptional items and amortisation, rose to €51.6m in the six months ended 30 September 2007, compared to €43 …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Nov 2007
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DCC scores in Pihsiang court fight

Business services group DCC has claimed victory over Taiwan's Pihsiang Machinery Manufacturing Company following a long-running legal dispute over a product supply agreement. Irish-based DCC had pursued Pihsiang Machinery Manufacturing Company Ltd, its chairman and major shareholder, Donald Wu, and his wife and fellow director …
Team Register, 29 Nov 2005
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DCC results coming up rosy

Irish distie DCC saw overall profits rise in the year to March despite a difficult first half for its computer distribution arm SerCom. DCC brought in revenues of €3.4bn and a profit of €142m for the year ended 31 March 2006. The computer division - DCC SerCom - bounced back from a bad first half of the year, but still saw …
John Oates, 15 May 2006
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DCC looks down from peak

Irish distribution giant DCC Sercom has said it expects profits to dip after pulling off a dramatic climb last year. The firm's preliminary results for the 12 months ended 31 March 2007 showed today that it had managed a 35.3 per cent hike in operating profit on the prior year. Sercom's parent, DCC group, managed an overall …
Mark Ballard, 14 May 2007
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DCC keeps the faith

DCC, the Irish distribution and sales group, saw its share price moving upwards yesterday despite posting a a small fall in profits. Profit before exceptional items was down 3 per cent but turnover was up an impressive 37.5 per cent. DCC warned in the summer that its IT division was suffering. For the six months ended 30 …
John Oates, 09 Nov 2005
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DCC issues IT distie profit warning

Shares in Irish business services group DCC fell sharply yesterday following a profits warning from the company. IT made up 21 per cent of the firm's operating profits last year and news that the division was struggling knocked ten per cent off DCC shares. The company said poor trading got worse in July and August. Gem …
John Oates, 13 Sep 2005
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Irish distie grabs Advent

Irish distributor DCC has bought Advent Data Limited – the Leeds-based office consumables supplier. Advent employs 111 people and made a profit in 2010 of €4.5m on turnover of €150.1m. Advent flogs printer cartridges and other office supplies; it claims to more than £10m in stock at its Elland warehouse. DCC, made up of five …
John Oates, 09 Mar 2011
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DCC ups profits

Irish distribution company DCC has increased profits for the year by 14 per cent. This reversed losses of more than ten per cent in the first half of the year. It made an operating profit of €120.9m on sales of €2,198m for the year ended 31 March 2004. DCC's IT division accounted for more than a quarter of this profit. Jim …
John Oates, 18 May 2004
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We'll pull the plug on info-leak smart meters, warns UK.gov

The government plans to place a specific obligation for data security on the suppliers of smart meters as part of its conditions for granting licences to install the technology and use it to monitor customers' energy supplies, it has confirmed. In its latest consultation [18-page/118KB PDF] on use of the technology, the …
OUT-LAW.COM, 07 Jun 2012
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Happy 50th birthday, Compact Cassette: How it struck a chord for millions

On 30 August, 1963, a new bit of sound recording tech that was to change the lifestyle of millions was revealed at the Berlin Radio Show. The adoption of the standard that followed led to a huge swath of related technological applications that had not been envisaged by its maker; for Philips, the unveiling of its new Compact …
Bob Dormon, 30 Aug 2013
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Biz services group borgs French distie

Irish distributor and business services group DCC has bought French consumer distie Comtrade SA for €11.4m. Comtrade employs 65 people and flogs iPod docking stations, portable hard drives, speakers and other computer accessories. DCC group's Sercom division is moving to extend its product and market reach. The French firm …
John Oates, 23 Aug 2010
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UK IT hardware sales are weak – DCC

DCC, the Irish mini-conglomerate, today issued a profits warning in its AGM statement. It says "the current depressed state of demand in the IT industry" could reduce profit growth rate to a single mid-digit. The company also says that its Sercom Distribution unit is performing close to expectation in Q1, "despite particularly …
Drew Cullen, 08 Jul 2003
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Irish distie DCC cheers, a bit

Irish distribution giant DCC increased profits by 8.5 per cent for the year ended 31 March 2005. But results for the diversified group were dragged down by a 12 per cent fall in profts from its IT distribution business. IT distribution brought in €27.5m, a fall of 11.9 per cent on last year. By contrast the group’s healthcare …
John Oates, 16 May 2005
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Sony to can MiniDisc Walkman

While the news will prompt an uncomprehending look from 99 per cent of Brits, the few remaining fans of Sony's MiniDisc format will mourn the MD Walkman's passing when production ceases in September. Last year, Sony canned production of cassette Walkman players. The MD Walkman was launched in Japan in 1992, and that's one of …
Tony Smith, 08 Jul 2011
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DCC sings UK distie praise

DCC, the Irish mini-conglomerate, today released preliminary results for the year ended March 31, 2001. The bit we're interested in are those for Sercom Distribution, where its IT businesses hang out. Like Azlan which also released results today, DCC boasts a 'robust' business model - for its UK distribution division, at any …
Drew Cullen, 13 May 2002
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Compact Cassette supremo Lou Ottens talks to El Reg

As a principal member of the R&D personnel at Philips, Lou Ottens has been behind some of the most enduring audio products in both the analogue and digital domains, from the Compact Cassette to the Compact Disc. In this interview with The Register, Lou Ottens, now in his eighties, recalls the development of the Compact Cassette …
Bob Dormon, 02 Sep 2013
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SerCom lifts DCC's results

Irish conglomerate DCC plc today posted healthy interim results bolstered by the performance of its IT division DCC SerCom. The group showed an increase of 32.1 per cent in profit before goodwill amortisation and tax for the six months to September to IR£17.155 million based on a turnover of IR£367.706 million. DCC's largest …
Tim Richardson, 09 Nov 1998

Why data storage technology is pretty much PERFECT

Reliable data storage is central to IT and therefore to modern life. We take it for granted, but what lies beneath? Digital video guru and IT author John Watkinson gets into the details of how it works together and serves us today, as well as what might happen in the future. Brain cells at the ready? This is gonna hurt. Digital …
John Watkinson, 18 Jul 2013
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DCC disties hold their own

SerCom Distribution, the IT wholesaling arm of Irish conglomerate DCC, today reported H1 sales up 11 per cent to E363.7m (H1 2000: E327.9m) and operating profit up 13 per cent to E13.2m (2000: E11.6m)for the period ended September 30. There are no individual breakdowns for the four operating businesses in SerCom; two UK disties …
Drew Cullen, 12 Nov 2001
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Report: UK falls behind as smart meters rolled out across Europe

The number of smart meters installed in European homes is likely to "accelerate swiftly" over the next three years, according to research published by a provider of the technology. The report (1-page / 213KB PDF), which was commissioned by Cambridge-based supplier Sentec, predicted that although few regions in Europe were yet to …
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 Mar 2012
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UK.gov: Firms can't fondle your smart meter privates...

Third-party companies will not be able to access data recorded in consumers' smart meters unless consumers choose to let them see it, the Government has said. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said consumers should be able to control who accesses their smart meter consumption data other than in select …
OUT-LAW.COM, 16 Apr 2012
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Decks and plugs and rock and roll: Tascam CD-A750 cassette and CD combo

The recent El Reg feature on the Compact Cassette's 50th birthday had many a reader commenting on some of the format's former glories. Names mentioned among the dewy-eyed included Aiwa (a favourite in UK studios) and the audiophiles’ choice, Nakamichi, with both producing state-of-the-art recorders with three heads and a lot …
Bob Dormon, 04 Sep 2013
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ACPO exec wants 'ugly mugs' database to protect sex workers

Society needs to be having a radical debate about the laws on prostitution – and the answer, according to Deputy Chief Constable Simon Byrne, ACPO's lead on prostitution and sexual exploitation, involves funding a national database of "ugly mugs". That is, a database of dodgy punters – or men suspected of attacking sex workers …
Jane Fae Ozimek, 30 Dec 2010
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How digital audio ate itself ... and the music biz

In the first part of this series, we looked at how digital audio emerged in the studio, going beyond its Compact Disc domestic debut. As Moore’s law impacted on the cost of digital audio recording, studio techniques were emerging to add colour to this transparent medium – first in hardware, then in software. Digital signal …
Bob Dormon, 29 Nov 2011
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Fayrewood waves au revoir to French periperals unit

Fayrewood Plc confirmed yesterday that it had sold French outfit Banque Magnetique SAS to DCC Plc's retail disty subsidiary. Gem Logistics scooped up the consumer electronics and IT peripherals firm after DCC paid Fayrewood €12m to complete the deal. A further €500,000 will be handed over on 30 June next year subject to Banque …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Dec 2007
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Cumbria massacre top cop also patrols cyberspace

The UK's top e-copper has been put under the microscope over his force's heavily criticised response to Derrick Bird's fatal shooting spree. Deputy Chief Constable (DCC) Stuart Hyde was the public face of the Cumbrian Constabulary in the days following Bird's murderous Lake District rampage. His boss, Chief Constable Craig …
Robert Blincoe, 30 Jun 2010
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Video thrilled the radio star: Tracking the history of magnetic tape

El Reg's magnetic tape odyssey has covered tape's early beginnings in sound recording in part one and its revolution in computing in part two. In this final part, we look at how film and TV became some of magnetic tape's best customers. The music and computer industries weren’t the only early adopters of magnetic tape. The …
Bob Dormon, 10 Oct 2013
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Hacker pierces hardware firewalls with web page

On Tuesday, hacker Samy Kamkar demonstrated a way to identify a browser's geographical location by exploiting weaknesses in many WiFi routers. Now, he's back with a simple method to penetrate hardware firewalls using little more than some javascript embedded in a webpage. By luring victims to a malicious link, the attacker can …
Dan Goodin, 06 Jan 2010
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How digital audio ate itself and the music industry

Digital audio began life with high ideals and worthy engineering feats, with its extended dynamic range came the promise of noise-free recording. This is a story of how it first charmed and then choked the industry it was designed to enhance. HHB Digital Information Exchange agenda and newsletter 1987 1987 DIE roster and HHB …
Bob Dormon, 24 Nov 2011
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Microsoft moves Macs closer to PC parity

Microsoft has announced two products designed to provide users of Office 2008 for Mac with improved access to existing server-based Microsoft services. The first of the two, Microsoft Entourage for Exchange Web Services, will be a free upgrade to Entourage 2008 for Mac that will enable that email, contacts, and calendaring …
Rik Myslewski, 06 Jan 2009

ATI FirePro plays leapfrog with Nvidia

AMD has made its latest move in the game of workstation-class graphics leapfrog it's playing with competitor Nvidia. On Tuesday, the company announced its ATI FirePro V8750 3D workstation graphics accelerator, designed - as explained by AMD - for "CAD, Digital Content Creation (DCC) and oil and gas professionals." In other words …
Rik Myslewski, 28 Jul 2009
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Jisc sees road to data curation

A new report has outlined the next steps in the long-term management of data for the Joint Information Systems Committee and other higher education institutions. Dealing with data reviews a variety of data, and arrangements for its accumulation, storage and use, across disciplines. It sets out 10 key recommendations and a …
Kablenet, 25 Jun 2007
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Fayrewood gains pounds from new skinny look

IT distie Fayrewood PLC has returned to the black in 2007 after slimming down its biz units. For the year ended 31 December 2007 the firm saw pre-tax profit from continuing operations of £936,000 compared to a loss of £242,000 for 2006. Revenue from continuing operations rose to £129.5m compared to £122.3m for the same period a …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Mar 2008
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IT distributors have 'compelling valuations'

It's tough being a IT distie - managing the drip-drip effect of margin squeeze, of reduced co-op marketing budgets, of vendor consolidation and seeing the month's profits wiped out by a collapsing customer. So it is nice to see that some disties are coping. In its latest channel checks, Banc of America writes: "We believe that …
Drew Cullen, 19 May 2005
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3Leaf makes big SMPs out of x64 clusters

Everybody is looking to shake up the server business this days, it seems. But everyone had better get in line behind 3Leaf Systems, which is launching its much awaited "Aqua" system pooling and virtualization chipset and an intriguing x64 system to match. A little more than two years ago, 3Leaf Systems came out of stealth mode …
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Intel's ill-thought leasing scheme

This article first appeared in November 1998 It takes just a few simple questions to establish that Intel knows less about leasing than I do about designing microprocessors. Intel's decision to plunge into the leasing market for its SME resellers could be construed as ambitious. Luckily, Intel has signed up Dana Commercial …
Drew Cullen, 28 Aug 1999
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3DLabs extends channel embrace

3DLabs, the workstation graphics card designer, is opening its Wildcat Partner program to specialist system builders Previously available only to tier-one OEMs, the scheme is now open to "exclusively to system integrators and OEMs who build high-end systems for graphics-intensive fields such as computer aided design (CAD), …
Team Register, 09 May 2001
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Iomega hops onto MP3 bandwagon – again

Having tried and largely failed to leap onto the digital music bandwagon earlier this year with its Zip drive, troubled storage specialist Iomega is now having another bash at it, this time with its compact 40MB Clik! Technology. This time round, Iomega's plan makes more sense, but arguably it's no more likely to win widespread …
Tony Smith, 16 Nov 1999
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Intel to extend leasing service to SMEs

Intel Financial Services is offering a range of new leasing options through its 1500 Intel Product Integrators (IPIs), targeting small and medium businesses with deals starting at £450. There is no maximum spend limit and applications for finance up to £20,000 can be approved within ten minutes, according to John Longergan, …
Janice McGinn, 30 Oct 1998
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Security: educating the unwashed masses

If you ask the average Internet user about security for their computer, and they either look blankly at you, or mumble something about anti-virus and firewalls, most often without any real idea of what these things are or what they do. In fact, many of the people who have these products installed on their computer still open …
Daniel Hanson, 31 Mar 2004
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10/09/98 Daily Digest

Computer Reseller News comes to UK Computer Reseller News is launching a UK edition on 18 November, pitching into battle in the weekly market with PC Dealer and Microscope. CRN UK recruits include editor Ambrose McNevin, managing editor James Harding and consultant editor Eira Hayward, all of whom have served time one time or …